Like others who have posted before me, I find the Fuze’s sorting of podcasts to be very confusing and frustrating. When I had my 16GB iPod nano, podcasts downloaded into iTunes were perfectly placed on the nano, were easy to located, and played in the correct chronological order. Since Windows Media Player does not have a built in podcatcher, I tried to use MediaMonkey to sync with the Fuze. Even with a script provided by someone (on anythingbutipod.com maybe), podcasts are not in the right order.
If I read the “fixes” on this site, I have to use MP3tag to change the parameters of the downloaded files to make them show up correctly. However, unless I have missed it, there is not a guide that explains how the Fuze sorts. There are several threads here, but they fizzle out before anyone provides definitive answers.
After several hours of fiddling with audiobooks, I think I finally figured out how to get a decent sort:
- Create a folder under Audiobooks using the author’s name.
- Create one file per CD.
- Make sure the Album name field for each file is identical.
- Make sure the Title for each track reflects its unique CD number (Disk 01, Disk 02).
- Wipe out the track number or make them all the same (not sure if this step is necessary).
Maybe all this work will become second nature. iTunes is not much better for audiobooks.
Is there software that will properly sync podcasts on the Fuze and cause them to display correctly? With the technique above, the Fuze is usable for audiobooks. It is, in my opinion, unusable for podcasts. Unless I can solve this problem, I may have to go backto an iPod. Not only is that solution expensive, but then I have to carry two players around.
During my screwing around trying to figure out the Fuze, the sorting has been unpredictable. Based on a recommendation here, after I deleted an audiobook that was not sorting correctly, I disconnected the USB cable to let the media files update (which is clearing out the database, I’m told.) After I copied the files back to the Fuze, they sorted in correct order.
This player has the potential to be a great one, but the amount of experimentation that it is taking to reverse engineer its sorting parameters is excessive. It seems that by now, this problem should have been fully sorted (sorry) by Sandisk. From a coding perspective, it is not a difficult problem to solve.
I’m sorry my first post is a rant, but I am frustrated with this unit. Thanks for any help you can provide.